Mitsubishi i-Miev is already in production and already in sales in Japan, but in Europe it will hit the shops only at the end of 2010. The small Japanese electric car will have a “clone” in Europe. Peugeot and Citroen had joined their forces and they are developing another motorization – hybrid – with diesel engine.
A great future.
At this moment those 2 companies are building ultra modern production plant in Russia. The japanese engineers are actualy working on different motorisation gasoline/electric. Peugeot and Citroen’s engineers are developing their hybrid solution based on diesel engine.
So there might be 2 solutions for a small hybrid car which will share the same chassis, but the engines will be different. It only depends of the customer in a different part of the worlds. In Europe and Asia or in North America.
With a cooperation like this it will be the customer who will benefit, because there will be more autonomy in a hybrid model than in only electric. So in this case it would be Mitsubishi which would provide the Li-ion batteries to the French companies and the on another hands the French companies would provide a little ECO diesel engine with ultra low consumption to complete the hybrid’s motorization.
Source: Le guide de l’auto